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New MCC Program Aims to Expand Pool of Skilled Workers in Disability Support and Services Field (01/02/2014)

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Community agencies seek to provide enhanced services for individuals they support

ROCHESTER, N.Y. –Dec. 31, 2013 –Area community agencies have teamed up with Monroe Community College to fill a critical demand for entry-level professionals who are equipped to work with people with disabilities, particularly as the number of individualized services offered to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities increases.

In collaboration with a dozen community agencies and employers, MCC has developed a direct disabilities support certificate program that provides incumbent workers and job seekers with the education and field experience needed for immediate employment or career advancement.

The curriculum will cover a wide variety of topics related to disabilities, the history of the field and current movements, relationship-building with individuals and their families, and challenges on the job that require critical-thinking skills. Students will design individualized plans and become familiar with assessments, documentation and regulations. Along with related coursework, students will be paired with local agencies to gain practical experience.

The one-year program, the only one of its kind in Monroe County, is approved by the State University of New York and registered by New York State Education Department. The program will be offered this spring through MCC’s Human Services Department at the Damon City Campus.

Graduates of the program can enter the workforce as residential, respite or habilitation direct support professionals; residential counselors; and employment specialists; or advance in the field as community living instructors, as community support counselors, and in various supervisory roles. MCC also offers an associate degree in human services for those interested in pursuing an additional credential.

For more information about the program and/or to enroll, visit or call the Admissions office at (585) 292-2200. Deadline for spring registration is Jan. 14; classes begin on Jan. 21.

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